Real Estate Glossary

Our glossary is the largest dictionary of real estate and construction terms on the Internet with almost 10,000 definitions.
Real Estate Glossary
Our glossary is the largest dictionary of real estate and construction terms on the Internet with almost 10,000 definitions.

Sa - San - Sav - Sc - Scre - Se - Secu - Sem

Set - Sh - Shel - Si - Sim - Sl - Sm - Sol - Sp - Spi

Spr - St - Stap - Step - Str - Stri - Su - Sup

A foreclosure proceeding in which the mortgagee has the right to possess the mortgaged property directly upon default on the mortgage agreement. This type of foreclosure is rarely used in contemporary markets.

1. To hit with a hand or tool.
2. Work stoppage by employees.
3. To cause to ignite by friction.

Guide for screeding cement and concrete.

Rigid piece of metal or wood used for removing excess concrete and leveling concrete in poured forms.

The metal part of a lock, on a doorjamb, into which the latch fits when the door is closed.

Running a rigid piece of metal or wood over the top of poured concrete to remove excess concrete and level it.

Narrow, horizontal, decorative brick course which projects slightly from the rest of the masonry, such as with windowsills.

Support on which treads rest on a stairway.

Stringer which uses rabbet joints, which are L-shaped cutouts, or dado grooves, which are rectangular cutouts, at the edges of materials which allow pieces to fit flush against each other. These are then both glued and nailed, ensuring that the stairway will not have squeaks or dirt filled joints.

Spreading enough mortar at one time so that several masonry units can be laid.

String stretched between stakes to mark the straight line of an excavation site.

1. A long, narrow piece of something.
2. To make bare or clear, as in removing paint or other coatings.
3. To despoil or dispossess.

Form of commercial land use in which each establishment is afforded direct access to a major thoroughfare; generally associated with intensive use of signs to attract passers-by. Generally, there is no anchor tenant.

Continuous narrow sheet of flashing material, which can be used where ready made forms cannot be used, such as tops of windows and certain roofs.

Wood flooring in long, narrow pieces which are laid parallel, edge to edge, having a tongue on one edge and a groove on the other edge. The tongue side is nailed to the floor with the grooved portion slipped over it and then nailed.

Section of corrosion-resistant metal covered wood, which is used in place of a hung gutter and is attached at a right angle, near the bottom, of the roof slope.

Lumber of no more than 8 inches wide and 2 inches thick.

Strips of wallboard are attached across studs to be used as a backing for an entire drywall panel, giving additional stiffness to the second drywall panel without using a full first panel.

A single movement of a pen, paintbrush, etc.

1. Reinforcing structural piece.
2. Steel beam, etc. which is used as a part of rigging to hoist an object.

1. Leather strip used to sharpen a blade.
2. Band that supports a pulley block.

A full load of a bucket on a piece of earthmoving equipment when filled to the rim.

Mortar joint with indentations at the bottom of the joint, grooved with the edge of a trowel.

Pertaining to the solid part of a structure that carries the load.

Evaluation of the dimensions of a building to determine its ability to meet the needs of the occupant.

An attachment, appended to an object, to help carry some of the load placed on that object.

Masonry block, with a compression strength of between 1800 to 3000 psi, usable in a wall that will carry a structural load.

Fired clay block tiles that are durable, fireproof, lightweight, etc. but that are not used as often as concrete block.

Plywood panels with a core of flakeboard, and tongue and groove edges, which is used as sub-flooring because it is less expensive than regular plywood.

Detailed drawing of the basic structure of a building, showing how it is all formed together.

Fiberboard impregnated with asphalt. Waterproof, it also comes in various densities and thicknesses.

Molded clay tiles that are attractive, easy to care for and glazed on one or more sides, which are used as finishing on wall surfaces.

Lumber two inch thick and six inches wide or larger.

Framing with 2 x 4's and 2 x 6's, which is normally the standard, used for one and two story structures.

Lumber used for studs and beams, at least a 2 x 4, to hold a building or structure up. The structure is attached to or built onto the structural lumber of a building frame.

Variously shaped pieces of steel which are used for load bearing purposes. In framing of a structure. This type of framing is stronger, more durable than wood and fireproof and is used for high-rise buildings.

Letter H shaped steel structural member, which is driven into the ground and used to support a building or structure after having the necessary depth determined.

Round, square or rectangular hollow lengths of tubing, which are used in piping system support and structures where I-beams and other larger member are not needed.

Any constructed improvement on a site, such as a building, garage, fence, etc.

Cross section or cut through drawing to show the layers of material in a roadway.

Intermediate brace that adds strength to the other members by serving as a load path between them.

Exterior or interior coating, which is a mixture of sand, Portland cement, lime and water which can be used on houses and other buildings.

Upright pieces of lumber or steel in a wall to which coverings such as drywall, siding or other types of panels are attached.

Explosive cartridge device used to drive a special fastener into concrete, steel, etc.

Ultrasonic device which locates studs behind a wall surface. Magnetic device which locates the nails in the studs behind a wall surface.

Flat metal plate that fastens to the edges of studs to stop any nails or screws from piercing pipes or damaging wire passing through the stud.

Trade name, given to plywood subfloor panels by the American Plywood Association, which are used as the base for interior resilient flooring.

Electrical fuse which uses a threaded adapter to accept only a fuse of a specific current rating. When an adapter is installed in a fuse box socket, it can't be removed and, since it will only accept the specific rating fuse needed, it prevents a fuse with the wrong rating from being installed, which could result in a fuse box fire. Building codes require the use of an S-type fuse in buildings with fuse boxes.

Trademark name of a rigid, lightweight, polystyrene plastic insulating board.

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